WEC hypercar concept to use road car powertrains from 2020/21


The rules agreed on Wednesday by the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council demand that both ‘ based on units “destined for a series production car homologated for road use”.

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The new hypercar concept prototype rules that will come into force for the 2020/21 World Endurance Championship will mandate road-car based powertrains.

The rules agreed on Wednesday by the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council demand that both the internal combustion engine and the front-axle energy-retrieval system must be based on units “destined for a series production car homologated for road use”.

At least 25 cars equipped with the engine and 25 cars equipped with the hybrid system must be produced by the end of the year after the climax of the first season in which they are used in the WEC.

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Modifications to the engine are free, apart from the block and cylinder head, but the rules state that no modifications are allowed to the hybrid motor-generator unit.

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(NB ‘ the images contained within this story are artistic representations and do NOT indicate that any make or manufacturer is confirmed as part of this process ‘ The sole purpose is to give an imaginary glimpse of the cars eligible from 2020)

Whilst the wheels may have looked to be turning slowly on the regulations set to replace the current LMP1 ruleset in time for the 2020/21 FIA WEC (and for the 2021 Le Mans 24 Hours) there’s been plenty of action behind the scenes with the timetable now set for their adoption.

The continuing work of the technical working groups saw an outline presented to the FIA’s World Motorsport Council (WMSC) last week with the full regs now due to be sent to the FIA Endurance Commission on 9 November whereafter they will be submitted for formal approval by the WMSC on 5 December.

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